Do the Eyes Really Have It?
Sonic 4 is being touted at the hedgehog’s return to his original classic form. He’ll be in 2.5D, in colorful environments, picking up where he left off from Sonic 3 & Knuckles.
But for some, that’s not enough.
For this story, we bring your attention to this petition, a petition for Sega to allow the option of a more classic Sonic to be represented in Sonic 4. Since the announcement, some fans have criticized that Sonic’s design looks familiar to the model present in Sonic Unleashed, green eyes and all.
“We welcome the recent announcement that, after 16 years, Sonic 3 & Knuckles (arguably the pinnacle of the Sonic the Hedgehog series) is to get a sequel in the form of the downloadable game, Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I,” the petition reads. “We are happy to see Sonic returning to his roots, but one detail in this retro revival is something that we cannot agree with – the use of Sonic’s new design.”
But the preamble soon cites continuity concerns in the desire to bring Sonic back to his previous 16-bit self.
“if this game truly is to be the sequel to Sonic 3 & Knuckles, we feel that it should feature the same Sonic design as was featured in Sonic 3 & Knuckles and its predecessors,” the petition reads.
To be clear, the petition does not ask for a total replacement, merely the option for classic Sonic to be played in the game–“as downloadable content, unlockable content, or through any other means that you see fit,” as it reads.
As of the time of this article’s publication, the number of signatures on the petition stands in the high 300s. Similar petitions pop up all the time for games, and rarely are they noticed, perhaps in this case with good reason–should fans really be concerned with how Sonic looks? Does a green-eyed Sonic truly take away the classic nature Sonic 4 is pushing?
The petitioners argue, on a purely retro basis, that it does matter.
“Without the original design, this might as well be Sonic Advance 4 or Sonic Rush 3,” the piece continues.
After originally singing the praises of a retro revival for Sonic, it’s matters like these that are giving some of the fan base more cautious optimism. But all good things must sometimes evolve. And so we ask you–is a classic Sonic truly needed for Sonic 4 to appease classic gamers, or is this nitpicking? Debate away in our discussion area below–we may do a proper poll on the matter next week.